Red Deer Reads unveils 2017 winning title

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
July 12, 2017 - 12:44pm Updated: July 12, 2017 - 2:02pm

When life becomes overwhelming, you can look at it in one of two ways: as dysfunctionality or beautiful, crazy chaos.

Behold one of the main themes found in this year’s Red Deer Public Library ‘Red Deer Reads’ Winning Title – We’re All In This Together by Canadian author Amy Jones. 

The title was unveiled Wednesday outside the library’s downtown branch where Mayor Tara Veer was on hand and free copies of the book were given out.

"Literacy is the foundation of our educational, our social and our economic progress. We know that a love of books is the most effective road to literacy," Veer said. "As we commemorate Canada 150, we are proud to be able to choose once again among so many deserving Canadian titles." Karen Drok, Red Deer Reads co-chair and Timberlands branch manager, added, "Its fantastic to have the support of Red Deerians. Every year we've attracted a wide range of attendance to programs. We really appreciate it and hope the community continues to do so this year."

We’re All In This Together is a Canadian tale, of course, revolving around a family in Thunder Bay forced to endure the emotional trauma and numbing mystery behind why the family’s matriarch decides to go over Ontario’s Kakabeka Falls in a whiskey barrel.

What ensues is a journey from life’s walls all crashing down at once to discovering there’s always a little light behind the deepest dark. It is a saga about the fragile and damaged love of a clan which eventually comes to learn their family member has dementia.

"Jones’ story is an eye-opening and sobering, yet humourous take on the harsh reality someone with dementia must be living with, losing slowly, but surely, the memory of all their life's experiences and yet remembering, even in the end, how to teach that damaged family to be better.

Runners-up for the 2017 Winning Title were Fishbowl by Bradley Somer, Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck, Wonder Women by Sam Maggs and Juliet’s Answer by Glenn Dixon. There were 70 entries in this the third year of the contest. All titles can be taken out at any of the Red Deer Public Library branches.

Red Deer Reads will be holding a launch party in September and an engagement with the author is taking place October 26 at the Welikoklad Event Centre. More information can be found a www.rdpl.org.

NOTE: 'We're All In This Together' does contain some mature content including profanity and sexual references.

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